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San Francisco – Twitter Revises Policy Banning Threats And Abuse

December 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM
San Francisco - witter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists. While the new policy unveiled Tuesday doesn't substantively change what's allowed, it may help Twitter answer criticism from politicians...

New York – U.S. Police Get Little Training To Handle Crises With Mentally Ill

December 29, 2015 at 11:31 PM
New York - Most U.S. police receive little or no training on how best to handle crises involving the mentally ill despite the growing frequency of such encounters and the fatal results in a number of recent cases. Although more departments have added or expanded training in recent years as they faced greater scrutiny and litigation, the vast majority offer at best a maximum of 40 hours and are...

Baltimore – Report: Police Deaths In US Up Slightly In 2015

December 29, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Baltimore - The number of law enforcement officers killed by guns dropped 14 percent this year, but all line-of-duty police deaths rose slightly. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report Tuesday that 42 officers were killed this year by gunfire, compared with 49 last year. The report says seven of those shooting deaths occurred during traffic stops. A total of...

West Balm Beach, FL – 911 Dispatcher Demoted For Playing Video Games On Job

December 29, 2015 at 10:37 PM
West Balm Beach, FL - A Florida 911 dispatcher has been reprimanded and demoted for playing video games on the job. The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/Rwvtd3 ) reported Tuesday that 52-year-old Charles M. Morris was demoted from training officer to dispatcher. The paper reports that an internal investigation conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office revealed Morris played...

Moscow – The Double Life Of A Russian ‘Spy’ Beheaded By Islamic State

December 29, 2015 at 10:11 PM
Moscow - In the video, a man in an orange jump suit kneels beside a lake in Syria and confesses in Russian to spying on Islamic State militants. Another Russian speaker, this one in camouflage fatigues, then uses a hunting knife to hack off the kneeling man's head. When Islamic State posted this footage online on Dec. 2, it brought the distant Syria conflict home to ordinary Russians. Here, in...

Pyongyang – Top Aide To North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un Dies In Car Crash

December 29, 2015 at 10:10 PM
Pyongyang - A senior North Korean ruling party official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un has died in a car accident, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest dramatic demise in the close circle of deputies to the country's leader. Kim Yang Gon, who was a secretary of the Workers' Party and the head of its United Front Department, the unit that handles the North's ties with...

New York, NY – Bratton Calls Former Commish Numbers Rigging Allegations “Outrageous;” “Shame On Him” Says Top Cop

December 29, 2015 at 09:32 PM
New York, NY - NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton issued a scathing response on Tuesday following comments by former top cop Ray Kelly that his department is cooking the books on publicly released crime numbers, calling them "outrageous" and saying that Kelly needs to back up his words. NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1IC5Pxe) reports that a clearly angered Bratton told gathered reporters at...

Albany, NY – Convicted Ex-NY Senate Leader Eligible For $95K Pension

December 29, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Albany, NY - The convicted former leader of the New York state Senate has filed the paperwork to begin collecting a state pension of up to $95,000 per year. The office of the state comptroller confirmed on Tuesday that Long Island Republican Dean Skelos put in for his retirement benefits last week. Earlier this month a jury found Skelos guilty of charges that he used his influence to...

Washington – Donald Trump Says Criticism Of Bill Clinton Is Fair

December 29, 2015 at 08:34 PM
Washington - Donald Trump is reviving memories of Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern and his turbulent interactions with black voters during South Carolina's 2008 primary as the ex-president campaigns for his wife in New Hampshire. Trump's latest broadsides on the Clintons — a potential preview of a nasty, personal general election — appear beneficial to both as they seek to...

New York – Thousands Of Officers To Be Assigned To Time Square On New Years; 1 Million Expected

December 29, 2015 at 08:11 PM
New York - With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world — heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit. "Leave the worrying to the NYPD,"...

Washington – U.S. Officials: Iranian Revolutionary Guards Fired Rockets Near U.S. Warships In Gulf

December 29, 2015 at 07:26 PM
Washington - Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near the U.S. aircraft-carrier Harry S. Truman and other warships as they were entering the Gulf on Saturday, giving only brief notice in a "highly provocative" act, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday. NBC News, citing unnamed U.S. military officials, said the Guards were conducting a live-fire exercise and the Truman came...

Washington – WSJ: U.S. Spying Included Israeli Phone Calls With U.S. Lawmakers

December 29, 2015 at 07:07 PM
Washington - The U.S. National Security Agency's foreign eavesdropping included phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing current and former U.S. officials. White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...

Albuquerque, N. M. – New Mexico Couple Saved After Car Stranded Under 12 Feet Of Snow

December 29, 2015 at 07:04 PM
Albuquerque, N. M. - Crews worked to clear snow-covered roads Tuesday after a record winter storm trapped a New Mexico couple in a 12-foot snow drift for almost 20 hours, forced four newspapers to suspend publication and prompted authorities to deliver a baby in a snow-bound Texas home. The cleanup continued throughout southeastern New Mexico two days after the region saw more than a foot of...

Iowa – Amid Attendance Attacks, Rubio Focuses On Iowa

December 29, 2015 at 06:32 PM
Iowa - Amid new criticisms about his Senate attendance record, Marco Rubio says some of his rival candidates are getting "a little desperate and a little nasty." The Florida senator kicked off an Iowa tour Tuesday, as a super PAC backing Jeb Bush announced a new ad in the state that said Rubio missed a Senate meeting after the November terrorist attacks in Paris that focused on those attacks...

New York – Former NY Gov. Pataki Drops Out Of 2016 Presidential Race

December 29, 2015 at 06:07 PM
New York - Former New York Governor George Pataki told some supporters on Tuesday he would drop out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the Boston Globe reported. A spokesman for Pataki, who ranked at the bottom of the Republican pack in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, did not respond to a request for comment. Pataki's campaign said in a statement that he would release a...

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